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Sexy-but-shallow grifter dramedy is too mature for kids.
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Rotten: The film becomes unintentionally funny when he falls for another hustler (Margarita Levieva) with even less conscience, their grand passion leading to ludicrous behavior and soap-opera dialogue.
- Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader, Thursday, August 20, 2009
Fresh: Mackenzie is a consummate stylist, one of British cinema's emerging 21st-century talents, who has displayed a remarkable ability to make interesting movies that get in their own way and never reach wide audiences.
- Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com, Thursday, August 13, 2009
Fresh: The very impressive Spread deserves to be a cherished gem.
- Ben Rawson-Jones, Digital Spy, Thursday, June 24, 2010
Ashton Kutcher plays himself in a story about what Ashton Kutcher most likely did for a living before he got famous (and what he does all day for a living now that he's Demi Moore's professional kept boy). The main character is not empathetic (and you don't need to be a pretty boy to empathize with one, just write the pretty boy better) and his "journey" never feels significant. Cinematography and acting is decent (besides Ashton who I've already established is just playing himself) but there's nothing of substance here. Waste of time and just a fun "take a risk" project for Ashton. I suppose his fans will like it as he has many partially nude scenes.
- Stinger839, Sunday, October 17, 2010
Ok. Ok. I went into this knowing full well that it was supposed to suck. I REALLY liked it, and noone would be more surprised about that than me. Maybe I just REALLY like Ashton? He sure is a hotty, thats a given. BUT...I think that I would still have liked it with any other good looking guy in it. Maybe. It could happen.
- itsjustme2004, Thursday, October 14, 2010
Can't say I am overly surprised that a lot of people didn't like this, but personally I found it not too bad. I would say this is Ashton Kutcher attempting a serious role, which obviously doesn't come across as all that convincing. Ashton is an actor who does comedy and fluff well. This is funny in a black way in places, but overall I think it is trying to be serious. The story follows Ashton as guy who basically pimps himself out to older women for somewhere nice to stay and to get clothes and things bought for him. Pretty much a whore, but I don't think he really sees himself that way - more a scammer. It's kind of hard to take too seriously when he is strutting around talking about how hot he is while actually looking kind of dorky in some... interesting... fashion choices. Anne Heche plays a women who gets involved with him and is hurt by him. I think it does have something to say, as her character, while attractive, is ageing and, feeling insecure, she does something pretty drastic to improve herself. She points out to Ashton that he is also ageing and he can't get by on a pretty face all his life. There is then another twist where he meets a young girl played by Margarita Levieva and falls in love with her. Then the movie is mostly about seeing if he will get her or if he can change his ways. The ending isn't something I would expect from an Ashton vehicle,but I guess it is valid considering the track record of his character. I could not highly recommend this as I don't think it will be for everyone, and other reviews here verify that, but it may pleasantly surprise some people. Maybe one to rent when you are getting out other stuff, just in case!
- romy861, Monday, September 6, 2010